More recently, Pope led the charge in pressuring the Bush Administration to reverse its position against new rules that would lower the amount of arsenic in America's drinking water and mercury in U.S. fisheries. He is also an outspoken advocate to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and has worked furiously to stop energy legislation that would give tens of billions in subsidies to oil, coal and nuclear interests. Under Mr. Popes leadership, the Sierra Club has helped protect nearly 10 million acres of wilderness.
In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, Pope has had a distinguished record of environmental activism and leadership. He has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters; Public Voice; National Clean Air Coalition; California Common Cause; Public Interest Economics, Inc.; and Zero Population Growth. Mr. Pope was also Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Political Director of Zero Population Growth.
Carl Pope co-authored - along with Paul Rauber - Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress (2004), which The New York Review of Books called "a splendidly fierce book." In addition, during his tenure as director, the Aspen Institute named the Sierra Club the most influential environmental organization in Washington D.C.
Carl Pope's lecture is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Hariet Moeur, longtime member of the Joint Science faculty and the Sierra Club. Dr. Moeur was the chemistry laboratory coordinator at the Joint Science Department for 19 years. Both introductory and organic labs are taken each year by students from a variety of majors, so her career has had an impact on the education of thousands of students at the Claremont Colleges. Dr. Moeur passed away this past summer after battling cancer for four years. She will be missed for her unending dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm towards our students.